One year after its launch of the Apple Watch ECG within its Apple Watch series, we can already have a database that approves or disapproves the effectiveness and usefulness of this device. The Apple Watch ECG was approved by the FDA, which means a great support of confidence towards its operation with respect to the heart rate with just a touch to the watch’s Digital Crown, the user can also monitor about his atrial fibrillation (AFib), the cause of irregularities in a person’s heart rhythm.
This new device meant a great advance in health since in America there is a large part of the population that suffers from atrial fibrillation (AFib) but it also left us with some uncertainty about its veracity regarding the monitoring and information it provides. That is why in this article we give you a review regarding the information provided by the Apple Watch ECG and its most outstanding features such as the heart rate sensor.
There was much discussion about the complicated information provided by the Apple Watch ECG and that this, on the contrary, would raise the levels of anxiety of the person instead of reassuring him, but the creators of the device pointed out that the information provided by the watch is actionable.
1. Who can use an Apple Watch ECG?
Although the Apple Watch ECG is designed for people with heart problems such as AFib, anyone can and should use it since a person’s health at this time will have an impact on their health in the future. Young people now, or rather millennials, apart from knowing your medical history and your family, you have to get used to healthy habits regarding your food, your stress level, and your mental health. That is why the Apple Watch ECG gives the user better monitoring of their heart rate to avoid future problems.
That said, experts fear that users of the device increase the risk of overtreatment since most who purchase this watch will tend to be young and healthy. Moreover, recent studies warn that most cases of cardiac alert, approximately 90 percent are false alarms.
2. What exactly monitors the Apple Watch ECG?
To start, you have to distinguish between a normal heart rhythm from an abnormal one, people with a healthy heart rhythm can be compared to the House music rhythm, a constant and not very fast rhythm, on the other hand a person with AFib their rhythm Cardiac could be compared to a Jazz rhythm, which is not at all certain, since it could lead the person to a stroke or a heart failure, the Apple Watch ECG detects when your heart has AFib.
It is important to remember that the data provided by the Apple Watch ECG is not for the user to diagnose itself, this data must be taken to your doctor to review the information and draw your conclusions with the monitoring of the moment, By this we mean that the device data is only a small part of the complete picture of what is happening in your heart.
Another important fact is that the watch can only detect irregular heart rhythms which is very useful, but it is not able to detect heart attacks, strokes, blood clots among other factors related to the heart such as blood pressure, cholesterol level, congestive heart failure, etc.
3. Does the data on my Apple Watch ECG help my doctor?
Yes, the data provided by the Apple Watch ECG is very useful for doctors, cardiologists or whoever your health consultant is, since the watch sensors provide information that otherwise would not be possible to know, such as the style of life that one follows very apart from the information that one gives to his doctor, this helps them to have a more complete picture of what happens with their patient.
Now, unfortunately in today’s hospitals and clinics they are not as technologically updated, many at the moment do not have the updates that technology companies such as Apple launch, so it is possible that your doctor is not informed about the Apple Watch ECG and be less perceptive with the data that this device provides.
It is important to remember that about 2.7 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation, however, only 2 percent of this group is under the age of 65, which means that the device is targeted for seniors